Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-abasement

Definition:(noun) Degradation or humiliation of oneself, especially because of feelings of guilt or inferiority.
Synonyms:self-mortification, penance
Usage: "Let them break my heart if they like," she had thought to herself, in the self-abasement of that bitter moment; "it will be no more than I have deserved."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Personal Pronouns

A personal pronoun is a pronoun that represents a grammatical person within a sentence. While personal pronouns often do indicate actual people, what else can they refer to? More...
Article of the Day

The History of Kleenex

Since 1924, "Kleenex" has been the trademarked brand name of facial tissues manufactured by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. The global popularity of the product, originally marketed to the public as a cold cream remover and later, in the 1930s, as a disposable handkerchief, has led consumers to use the Kleenex name when referring to any tissue, regardless of brand. In what country had another form of tissue been used for centuries before Kleenex appeared? More...
This Day in History

Forced Resignation Prompts Brazilian President to Take His Own Life (1954)

President Getúlio Vargas led Brazil for 18 years, holding power from 1930 to 1945 and 1951 to 1954. Though defeated in the presidential election of 1930, he led a successful revolt that gained him the presidency. Vargas then set up the totalitarian Estado Novo—"New State"—but was overthrown in a coup d'état in 1945. He regained the presidency six years later but committed suicide under threat of impeachment as his popularity dwindled. What were the last words in his suicide note? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872)

A charming, witty, and elegant English caricaturist and writer, Beerbohm used his pen to parody whatever was pretentious, affected, or absurd in his famous and fashionable contemporaries. His works include A Christmas Garland, a collection of parodies on such authors as Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy; Zuleika Dobson, an amusing satire on Oxford and his only novel; and Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen, his first book of drawings. Who dubbed him "the incomparable Max"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

publicity hound

Someone who seeks to have the attention of the public constantly focused on him- or herself, typically by means of attracting media coverage. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia Flag Day (2018)

The Liberian flag bears a striking resemblance to the American flag, a reminder of the historical ties between this West African country and the United States. Eleven horizontal stripes represent the signers of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, while the single white star signifies Liberia's former position as the sole free black state in Africa. Flag Day, a patriotic day paying homage to Liberia's national emblem, is an official public holiday. Citizens and public buildings display their flags, and parades often feature schoolchildren and military units. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lake

demersal - Describing a fish that lives close to the floor of the sea or a lake. More...

eyot, ait - A small island in a river or lake is an eyot or ait. More...

benthos - The flora and fauna at the bottom of a sea or lake. More...

lagoon - Derived from Latin lacuna, "pool, lake" or "hole, gap." More...

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